What you describe above, I think, is more ones personality then talent with the sport. I am an analytical person. I have to analyze and feel comfortable and plan things out. If I am going to take a very steep bump run, tree run, etc I want to take the run slow once, put each part in my head, feel the pitch and terrain under my feet and then go back up and ski it. Old boot would just go for it. That is what's he's like, impulsive, fun, and doesn't sweat the small stuff and just does it. I don't think natural ability explains the directors attitude or your attitude toward your approach to a steep or challenging run, that seems more like personalities.
Well i have a perspective on this. Old Boot taught me to ski on one of our first few dates. Actually he left me on the baby hill, pointed to an instructor giving a lesson to someone else and said, "Do what he tells her to do and I'll be back". I was an avid skater (hockey skate), gymnast, and did track in school. I was 17. I caught on and could go up and down the baby hill after watching him show his student what to do once. I went up and down the baby hill for 2 hours until the lifty said, why don't you ride to the top. I was like Noooo, not till i have help. Around noon, old boot remembered I was with him and came to get me. I was sitting chatting to the lifty by then, bored to tears with the little run.
He took me on all the rest of the runs that day at the resort (this was a small Ontario resort). I spent the next two years skiing with him and his many instructor friends. He worked at the ski hill and I skied free and received rentals free. I did ski a lot. In my opinion I was still learning, really felt unsure of myself and thought I looked like any new beginner that was still learning to parallel. My fellow ski buddies were saying.. You ski fine when I asked for help. I still cautiously crossed the hill back and fourth on every turn, completing every turn to slow down as I'd been taught on day one and enforced from other ski instructors I skied with. After only 2 years on the snow people would ski up to me and ask "Are you an instructor" I'd be like, Noo... I'm still learning. They would say, you should go get your instructor, you're good , you'd pass. I went, I did pass, I put it off to pure natural talent at that level, I work to get better.
I have a brother that never skied as a child (avid hockey player), skied 4 times a year, maybe 5 at small hills, and skis beautifully, all on natural talent, never had a lesson, and passed his instructor, no problem when he went and , I'm always amazed, no matter how little he goes, or if he takes off a couple years he comes out and skis smooth as can be. One year on the same program we did have a level 4 examiner just watching saying, it has to be genetic talent, prior to my brother getting his instructor when he still only skied 4 or 5 times a year. So maybe there's something in the genes.
When Old boot, who taught me to ski, went for his instructor the first time, he missed it. He had to adapt his full style and really work on maneuvers, and after a year and a half of solid work he was able to pass it. He worked hard to get better, but will say, it wasn't natural ability it was learned and worked for. My two children, one had raw talent, learned to ski in an hour, loved it by 6 looked like a miniature instructor, the other was more clumsy looking, harder, not smooth, it just didn't come naturally. He learned but never looked expert and we switched him to snow boarding around 10 which seemed to make him happier.
Some people are born with a natural affinity, understanding and body shape, balance and coordination for certain sports and skiing must fall in there. So there's natural talent that can take a person a long way and make it easier to learn, but not having natural talent won't preclude someone from learning and getting better. As a child my gymnastic coach wanted to send me to Olympic camp. The camp required genetic tests on parents, grandparents and child to determine if it was likely the child would remain the shape and build they needed to excel in the sport before they would accept someone to the camp.